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Definition of "naphthalene" []

  • A white crystalline compound, C10H8, derived from coal tar or petroleum and used in manufacturing dyes, moth repellents, and explosives and as a solvent. Also called tar camphor. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "naphthalene" in a sentence
  • "Also find rubber tube, gas handle, the key, and naphthalene from the suit pocket."
  • "They detected a PAH called naphthalene - which was found in traditional mothballs and is now banned - in 16 of the 17 meat samples, ranging from 0.15 to 0.27 ug/m"
  • "Naphthalene 1,2-dioxygenase 1.14.12.12 1 Nomenclature EC number 1.14.12.12 Systematic name naphthalene, NADH: oxygen oxidoreductase (1,2-hydroxylating) Recommended name naphthalene"